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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - lecture by Steven Pinker

In Steven Pinkers latest book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (2011), he addresses the history of human violence, and argues that in spite of news headlines that constantly feature violence and war, we actually live in a time that is perhaps the least violent in the existence of our species.

Foto: Max Gerber

Steven Pinker (born 1954 in Montreal, Canada) earned his doctorate at Harvard University (USA) in 1979. After working several years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Pinker is now the Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

Pinker describes himself as interested in all aspects of language and the mind. This is reflected in the titles of his books: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997) and The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (2002; which have earned him a worldwide audience. Pinker has received a number of awards for his research as well as the dissemination of his findings. He is frequently included on lists of the world’s most influential intellectuals.

The lecture will be streamed.

After the lecture all are welcome to attend the Grand Opening of the Science Library in Vilhelm Bjerknes' hus.

The lecture is part of the Science Debate project, which is a collaborative effort between the UiO Science Library and the Foundation Fritt Ord.

Published Feb 10, 2012 03:09 PM - Last modified Mar 12, 2012 12:10 PM